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An Introduction To Renewable Propane

Written on: April 19, 2022

Part of America’s Energy Future

renewable propane massachusettsThere are countless ways propane benefits households and businesses. It’s versatile, efficient, and one of the cleanest fuel options we have. Propane is already being used in many central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire homes. It can run a variety of appliances inside and outside your home—from the clothes dryer to the grill. (And grilling season is just about here.)

Because propane appliances run so efficiently, they’re extremely cost-effective—more so than their electric counterparts. That means using propane is good for both your budget and the environment. And because propane is a plentiful resource created here in the US, its price is less susceptible to geopolitical events. And there is no need to worry it will ever be in short supply.

What is renewable propane?

Chances are you’re already familiar with propane. It might power the grill in your backyard or the range in your kitchen. At the chemical level, renewable propane is virtually the same as traditional propane. The two can be mixed. They can also be used interchangeably. None of your propane appliances would require any modifications to start using renewable propane right now. The difference between traditional propane and renewable propane is what they’re made of.

How is renewable propane made?

Renewable propane is made from a mix of waste residues and sustainably sourced materials like agricultural waste products, cooking oil, and meat fats. It is often a coproduct of biodiesel production. Because renewable propane has so many natural sources, like traditional propane, it has the potential to be widely available. And because renewable propane isn’t made from fossil fuels, it presents several advantages to the environment.

What are renewable propane’s environmental benefits?

Renewable propane has two primary environmental benefits:

  1. Landfill diversion: When cooking oils and animal fats are used to create biodiesel and renewable propane, that means less waste goes to a landfill.
  2. Carbon reduction: Renewable propane has a better carbon intensity than most other energy sources. The carbon intensity of renewable propane is up to 5 times better than that of diesel fuel or gasoline and up to 1 ½ times better than that of electricity from the US power grid.

Where is renewable propane produced?

America has a few renewable propane refineries, and more are in the works. For example, California’s AltAir Fuels produces renewable propane as a coproduct of sustainable jet fuel. In Europe, even more commercial production plants are being developed. Renewable propane represents the next step towards a zero-carbon-emissions future. Visit RenewablePropaneGas.com to learn more.

Is Brideau Energy your propane supplier?

Brideau Energy has been serving the residents of central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire since 1987. Let us put our decades of experience to work for you. Click here to see if your home is in our service area.

Our family-owned business offers fair prices and personalized service. As one of our propane customers, you have the freedom to choose between the convenience of automatic propane delivery or the independence of remaining a will-call customer.

You can count on Brideau Energy to deliver your fuel on time, every time. Contact us today with any questions or to become a customer!